One of your first defenses against the elements is the roof above your head. By keeping this roof in perfect shape, you help protect and extend the life of your home and raise its market value should you decide to sell it.
Of course, before hiring any service professional to work on your home, you have check whether they have the right qualifications for the job. If you’re looking for a roofing contractor, that becomes especially important.
One way to save time with research is asking friends, relatives or coworkers for referrals. If you just purchased your home, your realtor can also be a good resource. Or just check online, but make sure to stick to reputable online directories and review websites to find worthwhile prospects. It’s a fact that not all places on the web are trustworthy, so you should stick to established and reputable resources.
It’s always best to check out at least two or three potential roofers rather than focusing on one. With options, you will be able to compare and find the one that’s truly right for you. Needless to say, you have to give them the same job specifications; otherwise, the comparisons aren’t valid.
This one is very basic. The government issues licenses to roofers after they have satisfied various requirements, such as insurance, bonding and the rest. If you hire a licensed roofer, you will have protection against damage or injury, or in litigation (if necessary).
Before you decide to hire a roofer, know whether they subcontract for certain parts of the project. If they do, research the subcontracted firm as well.
A warranty on both parts and workmanship will give you peace of mind. If a contractor you’re considering doesn’t provide it, move on to your next prospect. A service who who cannot guarantee his own work is not worth your time.
Spend time interviewing your prospects even for a short while. You can always research information about them, such as their qualifications or credentials. But with a personal interview, you will be able to get a feel for them as people or professionals you could be working with.
Lastly, though it’s often tempting to select the lowest bidder, remember that skill and experience are not cheap. So in most cases, a good job comes with a higher price. At the same time, the most expensive roofer is not automatically the best either. This is one of the reasons you have to consider several prospects. Besides, you can’t say a roofer is the best for you, if you don’t have a point of reference to start with.